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Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Catholic Community

When Life Catches Up with the Words

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Feast of Assumption —  August 16, 2020 Today I am more interested in what Mary did than what she said.  It’s the reason I selected the Gospel from the Vigil Mass of Assumption rather than the Gospel from the…
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Disproportion in 2 applications

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213   In the span of 8 months we have adopted new patterns of thinking and of marking events.  I’m guessing that you/we all have started a comment with, “When we used to be together…” or “Now…
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Sacrament Alive!

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time —  August 2, 2020 If one is going to celebrate a Eucharist liturgy that glories in the 5 human physical senses one couldn’t pick a better Sunday than this one.  Take a closer look…
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Making Sense of 5 Senses the Kearney Way

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Wauwatosa, Wisconsin At the beginning of this year, 2020, I chose as my Philosopher buddy, Richard Kearney.  When you google him you discover one of today’s leaders in Continental Philosophy in the tradition of the 3 H’s – Hegel,…
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Reduced & Embarrassed, yet we Glory in the Saints

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Community blog:  https://maryofmagdala-mke.org/blog In the wake of the deaths in one day, Friday, 17th of July 2020, of Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivien and the Honorable John Robert Lewis, MC, and one day before the 102nd birthday of Nelson…
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Our Open Eucharist

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Two scripture quotes have equipped me in our 10+ years as a community with all the references I require to define who and how we are, this community of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles.  One quote defines…
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Freedom Road where The Cross Matters

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Independence, Juneteenth to July 4, 2020 The idea and the imagery of Freedom Road has much appeal to me.  It speaks of the truth of the journey of freedom that is hard fought and hard won.  In our nation’s…
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Corpus Christi – Be Present Here & Now

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 14, 2020 We have come a long way from the biggest problem on our First Communion Day being the utter horror of the possibility that the communion wafer would stick…
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Marching, Marching, Marching on Trinity Sunday

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 The Holy Trinity became interesting to me when I stopped thinking about doctrines and dogmas and instead began to appreciate the experience of God in my life.  Because, when do you really know…
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The Greedy, Amoral Lives of our Lily White A__es

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Today is Pentecost, the day of the rushing wind – only this time, this week, the wind carries tear gas in the largest cities of our country.  This time the killing of a black man by a police officer…
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